The upcoming exhibition that celebrates the famous war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), three years after her untimely death, reunites her eldest son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and his family – which will force him to three years again must spend time with his father Gene (Gabriel Byrne) and withdrawn younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid). Now, when the three of them under the same roof, Gene is desperately trying to connect with his two sons, but they also are trying to cope with their feelings towards the woman they all remain in long memory.
Of the various themes that explores the complex story of the film, Joachim Trier’s fascination with the way that our memories can be manipulated by our subconscious perhaps the most interesting. Trier trying to film insert and several other elements, from a screenplay written by Eskil Vogt together with, which include the challenges of war photographer / journalist, guilty of mourning because of the transgression, and of course regret the loss of a loved one. The structure of compiling the past on the basis of the present clearly shows the inner intention of this film, with the cutting of the film that perfectly weaves the different periods and many memories from the past. Although the course is not possible in the film to show the way in which our brains think, this movie is very well done this task.
Insert a terrible war in the story the film provides a global scale demolition of normal family life, and just the idea Norwegian Trier constantly massaged in his English debut – and in doing so gives us a lot of subtext about which we can discuss after the melancholy, but rather optimistic end of the film. Trier great deal of help and excellent actors who literally do all the art of minimalism. Devin Druid perhaps best of all, the role of the youngest son Conrad – reclusive, sensitive and lost teenagers whose inability to resolve their emotional conflicts provides the main dramatic energy of the film.
Jesse Eisenberg is also surprisingly effective in the role of an older brother, apparently the ability of a new father – two brothers and their development of mutually intersecting storyline. Gabriel Byrne is very good in the role of a widower who could not recover from the loss of his wife, and whose profound suffering is further emphasized by the revelations confirmed his suspicions.
The story revolves around the character of Isabelle Huppert, war photographer that her work is divided into two distinct entities – one working in Afghanistan, one at home in New York. Her expressive face – which received one of the longest macro shots you’ll ever see in a movie – as perfect for a range of emotions that flow through her character, while in her life happen emotional explosions are much louder than bombs. Ultimately, this is a very layered drama, you will have to look a few times, and then to think about all the ideas that is, to be able to fully understand what you are trying to convey. The film is definitely not for those who do not have patience, but if you have one, you will be generously rewarded.